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Issue 34-October 2019 Veritas Update
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China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Lin-gang Special Area: One third of the policy-making tasks has been completed


New Law Express


General Administration of Customs, P.R. China has promulgated Announcement of the General Administration of Customs on Matters Concerning the Handling of Voluntary Disclosure of Tax-related Violations


The upgraded China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement takes effect


China Securities Regulatory Commission revised Administrative Measures on Significant Asset Restructuring of Listed Companies, allowing high-tech industries to be listed on the GEM


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China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Lin-gang Special Area: One third of the policy-making tasks has been completed


Wu Wei, the full-time deputy director of the Management Committee of the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Lin-gang Special Area, revealed at the 2019 Lingang Special Area Investment Promotion Meeting that at present, one-third of the policy-making tasks in the new area have been completed. The new area will achieve the goal of building a special economic function zone and a modern new city through a series of institutional innovations in the near future.

 

In August this year, the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Lin-gang Special Area was officially unveiled. According to the Overall Plan for the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Lin-gang Special Area (hereinafter referred to as the “Overall Plan”) issued by the State Council, the establishment of the new area aims to create a special economic function zone with global influence and competitiveness, active service and integration into major national strategies to better serve the overall opening-up strategy.

 

According to Wu Wei, 78 tasks in the Overall Plan, 80 tasks in the Special Support Policy will automatically subject to 13 policies in the Suggestions on Supporting the Reform and Opening-up of Pudong New Area to Embark on A New Journey of High-quality Development in the New Era and 6 industry support policies clearly defined by the Management Committee. There is a total of 177 tasks. Currently, one third of the tasks has been completed.

 

In accelerating the development of frontier industrial clusters, Lin-gang Special Area will establish frontier industrial clusters with key core technologies as breakthroughs, build integrated industrial base for integrated circuit, artificial intelligence innovation and application demonstration zone, civil aviation industry cluster, maintenance and re-manufacturing center to create an advanced manufacturing industrial base that reflects the national strategy, Shanghai's advantages, and international competitiveness.

 

In constructing highland of talents at home and abroad, Lin-gang Special Area will formulate a more active, open and effective talent policy by expanding openness, focusing on breakthroughs and improving autonomy, so as to provide a strong guarantee for gathering talents around the world.

 

In the establishment of the Yangshan Special Comprehensive Bonded Zone, Lin-gang Special Area implements a higher level of trade liberalization and facilitation policies and systems, enhances the function of expanding the global hub port, and implements a highly open international transportation management.

 

In the development of social industry, Lin-gang Special Area encourages international high-quality capital and social capital to enter public service fields such as education, medical care, old-age care, cultural and sports, park construction, urban operation, etc., and enhances the high-quality international urban service function of Lin-gang Special Area.

 

New Law Express


General Administration of Customs , P.R. China has promulgated Announcement of the General Administration of Customs on Matters Concerning the Handling of Voluntary Disclosure of Tax-related Violations


General Administration of Customs, P.R. China has promulgated Announcement of the General Administration of Customs on Matters Concerning the Handling of Voluntary Disclosure of Tax-related Violations (HGZSGG (2019) No. 161) (hereinafter referred to as the “Announcement”) on Oct.17, 2019, stipulating the circumstance that is exempted from administrative penalty for violations of customs regulatory provisions affecting tax collection (hereinafter referred to as the 'Tax-Related Violations') disclosed by import/export enterprises or organizations voluntarily before being discovered by the Customs, thereby improving the rules system of this favorable policy of “proactive disclosure”.

 

Pursuant to the Announcement, proactive disclosure of  tax-related violations will be exempted from administrative penalties, including:

 

1. Proactive disclosure to the Customs within three months from the date when the tax-related violation occurs and voluntarily eliminating the harmful consequences;

 

This article means that if a company has a tax-related violation, it will be exempted from customs administrative penalty if it timely discloses to the customs within three months after its discovery and actively eliminates the harmful consequences. As long as the above conditions are met, administrative penalties can be exempted, with no tax-related limit.

 

2. Proactive disclosure to the Customs three months after the occurrence of  tax-related violation, with the amount of evaded or underpaid tax accounting for less than 10% of the payable tax, or the amount of evaded or underpaid tax being less than CNY500,000 and voluntarily eliminating the harmful consequences.

 

Proactive disclosure to the Customs three months after the occurrence of  tax-related violation, with the tax-related amount accounting for less than 10% of the tax payable or less than 500,000 yuan can be exempted from administrative penalties. This Announcement will increase the amount of tax to 500,000, and meet the requirements of either one can be exempted from administrative penalties .

 

New regulations of proactive disclosure are a supplementary safeguard measure introduced under the background of the comprehensive deepening of the business model reform of the Customs. It aims to establish a mechanism for proactive disclosure. Enterprises discovering and taking the initiative to propose amendments to tax-related declaration errors will be exempted from administrative penalties, which is a boon to import and export companies.

(Source from the Website of General Administration of Customs, P.R.China)

 

The upgraded China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement  takes effect


On Oct. 15, 2019, Han Zheng, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and Vice-premier of the State Council, and Heng Swee Keat, Singaporean Deputy Prime Minister, jointly announced at the China-Singapore bilateral cooperation mechanism meeting that the upgraded version of the China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement will take effect on Oct. 16..

 

The new agreement is a modified version of the previous Free Trade Agreement with revisions to six fields including the rules of origin, customs procedures and trade facilitation, trade remedy, trade in services, investment, and economic cooperation. Three cooperation fields including e-commerce, competition policy and environment were added to the document. The two sides agreed that the adjustment of the rules of origin involved in the upgraded version will be implemented on Jan. 1, 2020.

 

The upgraded version is projected to promote greater development of bilateral economic and trade relations, and continuously enhance the well-being of businesses and people in the two countries.

 

ource(Source from the Website of Ministry of Commerce)

 

 

China Securities Regulatory Commission revised Administrative Measures on Significant Asset Restructuring of Listed Companies, allowing high-tech industries to be listed on the GEM


On Oct. 18, 2019, China Securities Regulatory Commission issued the Decision on Amending the ‘Administrative Measures on Significant Asset Restructuring of Listed Companies’  (hereinafter referred to as the 'Restructuring Measures')  allowing high-tech industries and strategic emerging industry-related assets in line with national strategies to be restructured and listed on the GEM.

 

Restructuring and listing also refers to “backdoor listing”. Once the backdoor is successful, it may promote the stock price of listed companies that have been backed up. While the backdoor listing has received much attention, there have been many chaos. In September 2016, in order to crack down on the reorganization of the listing, the CSRC's Restructuring Measures carried out a major revision, which imposed strict restrictions on the conditions for backdoor listing.

 

The main revisions this time include: allowing high-tech industries and strategic emerging industry-related assets in line with national strategies to be restructured and listed on the GEM, and other assets may not be restructured and listed on the GEM.

 

Meanwhile, simplify criteria of restructuring and listing and cancel the 'net profit' indicator. The calculation period for the “cumulative first principle” was further shortened to 36 months. Rehabilitation of listed and listed financing. Enrich the performance compensation agreement and commitment supervision measures for major asset restructuring, and increase accountability.

 

(Source from the Website of China News)




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